On Wednesday, July 13 the city had the official ribbon cutting to introduce Whiting’s newest downtown revitalization project, The Sheridan Plaza. In celebration of the project’s completion refreshments and live entertainment on the new outdoor stage followed the brief program with Mayor Stahura and the talented designers and contractors who brought the vision to life.
The new Sheridan Plaza provides a public space in an area where residents and visitors were already gathering. The site became available for redevelopment after an unfortunate fire destroyed the former building which anchored the corner of Sheridan Avenue and 119th Street. It’s a civic, open space capable of accommodating activities ranging from daily gatherings to large community events and festivals. This multi-functional plaza design includes edge conditions along both adjacent streets, which allows for traffic to be open or closed along Sheridan Avenue depending on the size and needs of an event. Connected green space and widened sidewalks allow for ease of pedestrian movement with elements like seat walls which create a visually defining space and provides seating. This also enhances parking along Sheridan Avenue.
Special features of the plaza include a rest room building on the north end of the green space, which the City has discovered is much needed for larger events. In addition to restrooms, this building provides storage space, utility areas, and a decorative brick screen wall, providing an interesting corner setting for the outdoor pavilion. The pavilion is an open air shelter that can be used to shade table and chair sets, but also has the capability to host small performances and concerts. The plaza will eventually showcase a public art feature, aligning with building faces along 119th. The City and Arts Council plan to select a design from several local artist proposals.
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